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... stretches my Spanish to breaking point, we compare families and living in different cities. Marcela's brother lives in Paris but my French is worse than my Spanish.I make my own way back to the apartment while the others go on to visit the grandmother. I have a nice nap for an hour still with no luggage in sight but it doesn't seem to worry me.I locate the supermarket and do some shopping (snacks, tea, weird fruit). When Marcela return ...
... it was worth all the sweat and nerves - you could literally see the whole of Quito - it was ridiculously stunning. After about half an hour of regaining our energy with water and empanadas, we made our way back down and then got a taxi back to our apartment. We then went back out briefly to sample the local nightlife, which was really fun. We are now just chilling and well be going to bed very soon - another big touristy day tomorrow! Don't worry, Toby will be filling you ...
... really isn't helping.
Was nice being able to speak with my family on Skype. Everyone's doing well aside from the obvious. Sis got the OK to travel, so she's healing nicely from her surgery. In all honesty, talking with them was among the best I've felt all weekend.
Seeing everybody together at the house on Facebook was a bit of a heartache though. It's been a few years since we all packed into... well, Dzia Dzia's house now.
Started this morning with a hotel breakfast buffet at our Hilton Hotel. Gate1 does it first class!
Nice big tour bus, there are 29 travelers and the bus holds 47. Everyone is comfy.
Roberto, our tour guide, started day 1 with a small educational talk.
Quito - Qui means center, and "To" means world...therefore Quito means center of the world! Where the equator is - hence Ecuador.
... dropped me well past the attraction, I then misinterpreted what the bus driver said and ended up walking down into a beautiful valley which, took me 20 minutes but took me an hour of hard climbing at altitude to get back up again, I was grateful that no one was there to see me huffing and puffing! I eventually made it to Mitad del Mundo and I was thoroughly disappointed after finding out from another tourist that the monument built by ...